Other than the lovely view A review of The Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay
My husband and I were at the Ritz Carlton at Half Moon Bay for 3 days and nights. We were disappointed to be in the guest houses, since they are a good hike to the main hotel. We explained about my sprained ankle, yet the only room they could accomodate us with was at the guest houses on the second level (no elevators). The room did have a fire place and lovely bathroom; however our view was a large tree and partial view of the golf course. The concierge gave us incorrect information about directions, length of time to travel to San Francisco, and the time for breakfast seatings. We requested info regarding a Sunday breakfast buffet and she told us there was not one, but the brunch started at 11:30. We later found out that a breakfast buffet was served. On two occassions we asked for maps (once to Monterey and once to Modesto) - she didn't have a map or directions for either place. She also couldn't make restaurant suggestions for the Monterey area. My husband loved the golf course and I enjoyed excellent spa services of a facial and massage. The free yoga offered only Thur-Sun. was wonderful; however the small room was meant to accomodate no more than 9 comfortably and there were 11-14 persons in the class each day. I would think they would realize the yoga should be offered more than once a morning with the high demand. The positives: Beautifully stunning view of the Pacific Ocean, valets polite & excellent; food very good; rooms clean; impeccable golf courses; wonderful strolling trail; lovely spa with wonderful treatments, Jill the manicurist!; beautiful hotel lobby with side rooms to meet with other guests and comfortable beds & linens. The negatives: housed in "guest house" and not in main hotel; cost of in room coffee and tea was $5 instead of being complimentary; misinformation by concierge on three occassions; turn down service missed us one night and we had to wait 45 minutes for clean towels. We would return to Half Moon Bay, but not to the Ritz Carlton!
Regarding the area: the drive down Hwy. 1 to the Monterey/Pebble Beach was gorgeous; the fresh strawberries we bought along the roadside were delicious; clam chowder at Phil's at Moss Landing was some of the best we've ever had (don't go to Phil's expecting anything more than great seafood).